As a writer, 2010 has been a hall-of-fame year for me after striving, for well over a decade, on the outer circles of the literary wilderness. So forgive me for blowing my trumpet a bit throughout 2010 by posting so many reviews and the news of the Nevill horror vehicle achieving enough altitude to clear the trees at the end of a very long runway. But the publication, success and critical reception of my novel Apartment 16 has literally been a vast reversal of my limited expectations, combined with a purpose for life confirmed.
I’ve been writing professionally since 1995, and Apartment 16 is my eleventh published novel, though none have been published at this level by a major publisher before or achieved this kind of acclaim and commercial success. Against all the odds, for a writer of supernatural horror with little profile, in a publishing environment that has kept the supernatural horror field in the abyss for many years, and in a book trade that has wobbled in the economic downturn … against all the odds, I have been blessed with much good fortune in 2010, and I do not take it for granted. .
I’ve also completed my third novel of supernatural horror in September this year – The Ritual. I began writing this novel in 2008 and it will be published by Pan Macmillan in May 2011.
To add a cigar, Pan Macmillan have commissioned two further horror novels from me, scheduled for publication in 2012 and 2013 respectively. The first of these is currently a work in progress.
I want to take the opportunity in my own microcosm of the world wild web, to thank the following publications, organisations, critics, bloggers and events for their interest in my work this year, and for their support:
Pan Macmillan, Julie Crisp, John Jarrold, Peter Tennant and Andy Copeland of Black Static, Brian J Showers at Rue Morgue, Reggie Oliver at Wormwood, SFX, and all of the bloggers for their reviews featured elsewhere on these pages.
I also want to thank World Horror Convention, Lincoln Book Festival, Forbidden Planet, Guildford Book Festival, Lee Pennington at 7 Days of Wonder in Catalonia, Solaris, Fortean Times Uncon, and Foyles for hosting book signing and literary events in which I participated as a guest writer. Special thanks go out to Danie Ware, Jon Oliver, Nick Cirkovic, Mathew Riley, Joseph De Lacey, Chris Fowler, Pat Cadigan, China Mieville, Mark Charon Newton, Ian Whates, Stephen Deas, Andrew Taylor, Tariq Goddard, Mark Chadbourn, Natasha Mostert, Clare Dudman and Charles Lambert; most of whom accompanied me on panels and at events.
And finally, I want to thank the readers of Apartment 16 for their precious patronage and for their time.